Marion County jury finds man guilty of kidnapping, sexual battery

Prosecutors say Michael Frye beat, raped 4 women

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Michael Frye appears at his trial.

OCALA, Fla. - The jury found the man accused of raping and beating at least four women in Marion County guilty of kidnapping and three counts of sexual battery on Wednesday.

Investigators said Michael Frye, 38, brutally beat and raped four women in Marion County in 2011. Frye was arrested in October after being linked to the crimes through DNA tests, investigators said.

Several police officers testified on Wednesday and jurors saw Frye's video recorded interview with police. In the video, Frye denies kidnapping a woman by pulling her into his father-in-law's green minivan last year and raping her.

The woman took the stand on Tuesday recalling what had happened to her on Oct. 12. The woman told jurors Frye drove her to a secluded wooded area where she was told no one would hear her scream. In graphic detail, the victim told jurors Frye tortured and raped her, while threatening to slit her throat with a box cutter. The victim slashed Frye with a box cutter, which police used to identify his DNA, and was able to free herself.

In the video, Frye tells police he hurt his head while working on a car. Frye is expected to call his father to the stand to help establish his alibi. If convicted, Frye faces life in prison.

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